Roots with Wings, a Floyd County Place-Based Education Project:: Intergenerational Connections

Floyd Story Center

Since 1998, a community oral history collection partnership of the Old Church Gallery, Ltd., Radford University’s Center for Social and Cultural Research, Honors Program, Scholar-Citizen Initiative, Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, and Floyd County High School. Our archives now hold over 100 interviews.

In our Roots with Wings project, college mentors, high school staff, and community volunteers meet weekly during the school year to teach the discipline of oral history collection to Floyd County High School students.


Students learn ethical, methodologically sound interview techniques, practice and complete several interviews, transcribe the audiotapes, create searchable content logs, archive interviewee resources and period photographs, learn the technology of audio and video recording, research historical backgrounds, acquire proficiency in iMovie and storytelling, and finally extract a theme from an hour long interview to create a seven minute movie production.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

How do you spell success?

Four Wonderful Oral History Interviews!


After weeks of preparation and training with the help of OCG staff and RU mentors, on March 24th at the Hotel Floyd, Casey Worley's high school class recorded oral history interviews with Arva Coleman, Louise Via, Mac Whitlock, and Freeman Cockram---a great day.  









After the recorded hour+ interview, the students transcribe the audio (happening now), and then use parts of the video, still pictures, plus early photos etc. to create two 5-7 minute movies from each interview. Each interviewee gets a copy of everything we produce, and, oh my, we are embarking on year ten!   (p.s. we always welcome more volunteers) 

blogpost: Kathleen Ingoldsby

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